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Gear Review: Women’s Active Bottoms

For those times on the trail when serious hiking pants are overkill.

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Horny Toad Chilena Skirt

“This skirt is a really fun girly bottom that’s more practical that it seems at first,” said one tester of this Horny Toad bottom made from fifty percent Tencel, a biodegradable fabric made from the cellulose of wood pulp (as well as cotton and polyester). “Its generous length (just below the knee) made it great for hiking without flashing the world and I felt modest even when sitting on the ground in various un-lady-like positions and scrambling around on rocks.” A thick, flat elastic waistband settles well under a pack’s hipbelt and the loose, slightly a-line cut allows for lots of air circulation on hot days. Our tester wore it for a manicure in the morning and on a backpacking trip through the Indian Peaks in the afternoon. When the temperature dropped, she just pulled on a pair of long underwear bottoms underneath. Bummer: The fact that its made of 32% cotton means it can get a bit hot and sticky. But it was surprisingly stain resistant: “It didn’t even need a prewash to get out the rehydrated cherry filling from the next morning’s breakfast burritos on it.” A smaller pocket stitched inside is big enough for keys and a credit card, but won’t hide an iPhone. $60; 5.7 oz. (M); Sizes XS-XL; color: black, cypress (green), chocolate (brown);

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